Rabbi Isaac Leider of ZAKA Rescue and Recovery, sits in an inflatable boat with seven Torah scrolls after they were salvaged from the flooded Beit Israel (or Beth Israel) synagogue in New Orleans, September 13, 2005.
The scrolls were delivered to a former non-Jewish secretary of the congregation, who was back in New Orleans; she temporarily buried them in her backyard because the Jewish cemetery was still under water.
In March, they were disinterred, along with thousands of prayerbooks, and reburied in the New Orleans Jewish cemetery.
Learn more about the Jewish experience of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita at JWA's Katrina's Jewish Voices.
The Jewish Women’s Archive organized Katrina’s Jewish Voices in collaboration with the Center for History and New Media. Through the contributions of individuals and organizations nationwide, the project is creating a virtual archive of stories, images, and reflections about the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Jewish communities before and after Hurricane Katrina.
Read more about Katrina’s Jewish Voices.